I've been using MyCheckFree to pay one of my utility bills. Earlier this week I received an e-mail informing me that a second Bay Area utility company now offers online bill payment through MyCheckFree, so I added that company to my online account. No problem with that. But I did have a problem with a sentence on the screen that presented itself after I enrolled:
We're waiting for your first e-Bill. Check back here for it to arrive.
What does that second sentence signify? Its literal meaning seems to be:
Check back here [in order] for it to arrive.
Or (because of the imperative structure):
In order for the e-Bill to arrive, you must check back here.
Both of those interpretations aren't just odd, they're inaccurate. No amount of "checking back" will force an e-bill to arrive if it isn't ready. (I tried several times.)
The Free Dictionary lists more than a dozen meanings for "for." As a preposition, it can indicate purpose, destination, the recipient of an action, "on behalf of," equivalence, correlation, amount, being, "because of," appropriateness, "despite," concerning, and "in honor of." As a conjunction, it can mean "because" or "since."
Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any of those meanings in "... for it to arrive."
You could say "Check back here for a pleasant surprise" or "Check back here for seven consecutive days--or else" or "Check back here, for Pete's sake!" But the MyCheckFree sentence isn't constructed in any of those ways.
Now, you've probably deduced that the intention of the sentence is something like:
Check back here to see whether it has arrived.
Which takes up hardly any more space than the original and makes more sense.
But here's the thing: I don't need to "check back" at all! Whenever a new bill has been posted, MyCheckFree sends me an e-mail with an online-payment link. So why (a) confuse me and (b) encourage me to waste my time "checking back"? Why not say "We'll send you an e-mail when we have something to tell you"?
P.S. Don't even get me started on deconstructing "MyCheckFree." I think it means "my check-free bill payment," but it sure doesn't sound like it originated with native English speakers.
P.P.S. I have no complaints about the MyCheckFree service, however.